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Apps to Keep You on Track

Apps to Keep You on Track

A healthy lifestyle starts in the kitchen, but it doesn’t end there. You must keep every aspect in your life healthy and you will see so many changes in your mind and body. I am sure you have a smartphone, you are probably reading this […]

Five Perfect Produce in Season for the Summer

Five Perfect Produce in Season for the Summer

If you are anything like me, you might have had no idea about what produce is in season when. I often find myself in the store looking for that perfect produce product but can never seem to find what I had in mind when going […]

Meal Prep Made Easy

Meal Prep Made Easy

Do you ever find yourself getting home from work absolutely exhausted? It is so easy to pop something in the microwave or dial up your go to take-out restaurant when you’re tired after a long day of work. Not many can say that they rush home to stand by the stove and whip up a healthy meal for themselves when all they want to do is go to sleep. This is where meal prep can come in to save the day. Taking out one day, most people choose Sunday afternoon or evenings, to create all of your meals for the week in one sitting.

 

Meal prepping can be therapeutic. Make it about yourself. Take an hour or so out of your weekend to create delicious and healthy meals to heat up so when you get home from work for the day you don’t have anything to worry about. It can be fun, this is binge cook for goodness sakes, what is more binge cook esque than creating an entire week’s meal all at once? Below are ten tips by beachbody.com explained to help keep your meal prep as easy, simple, and fun as possible.

 

Tip #1 Have a Plan

 

Make sure you plan out exactly when you are going to be prepping your meals. Setting aside the same time each week is going to make sure that you stay on track and actually do the meal prep. Putting it aside or being sporadic with it will only make the process less enjoyable and more of a task for you, when it should be something to look forward to that will better yourself. Also be sure to know exactly what recipes you will be creating and have a list of all of the ingredients you need for that recipe. Which brings us to..

 

Tip #2 The Grocery List

 

Have a grocery list and be sure to not stray from that list. Make sure you have everything that you need on that list. Nothing is more frustrating than going to make the recipe and not having everything that you need, therefore having to go back to the store to get those items. This issue could cause you to forgo the meal prepping all together. Also STICK TO YOUR LIST. Do not stray from it. If you do not have it in your house you will not eat it. This is the easiest way to stay on track with your prep and to not eat any crap because if you do not have it, it is impossible to eat it.

 

Tip #3 Protein Shakes

 

If you are ever running low on time protein shakes are a great solution for a meal replacement. Find your favorite, beachbody.com recommends Shakeology. But if you’re ever in a crunch these are a lifesaver and they fill you up as well!

 

Tip #4 Keep your Snacks as Simple as Possible

 

Your meals are taken care of, but that is not all you will be eating throughout the day. Be sure to have snacks on hand but keep them as simple as possible. Larabars are delicious and easy, hard boiled eggs, whole fruits, veggies and hummus, and a handful of nuts are all great snacks to keep on hand for that mid-morning day evening (whatever time it may be) pick me up.

 

Tip #5 Cook all of Your Foods at the Same Time

 

This will be something you definitely want to follow as it will save you time and money. Cook everything in the same oven at the same time. This will help your meal prep go so much quicker and smoother.

 

Tip #6 Find Easier Ways to Cook Your Foods

 

Shortcuts can sound like a bad word, but in this case it will make your life easier. Pre Cut produce saves you time on cutting. Rotisserie chicken is precooked, get one of these so you don’t even have to take the time to cook your protein, it’s already prepared for you! Find little hacks to make your meal prep as easy as humanly possible.

 

Tip #7 Utilize Mason Jars

 

Ever seen those salads in a jar? They aren’t just for hipsters! This is a great way to store a salad with the dressing inside without the salad becoming soggy. There are also many other meals that can be stored in them as well. They are microwave safe and dirt cheap as well so I really don’t see a downside to these.

 

Tip #8 Shake Things Up

 

Don’t make the same meal every week for weeks on end. This will make you dread your meals and will cause you to stray from them altogether. Change it up each week with a new meal so that you can get excited about eating and making them and not hate it.

 

Tip #9 Storage

 

Mason jars are a great and cheap solution but they may not be able to hold everything you like, definitely utilize them but if you have the money you may want to invest in some nicer bigger tupperware. This will save space in your fridge and make it easy to heat up or eat on the go.

 

Tip #10 Keep it up

 

Don’t see this as a task. This is to better yourself. It can be fun, simple, and delicious as well. Stick with it and you will see results and you will feel so much better about yourself in the process.

Five Ingredients or Less

Five Ingredients or Less

Healthy does not always have to be complicated or more expensive. Actually, if you take a look at one of your frozen or take out’s meals ingredients you would believe me when I say that you would not even be able to pronounce half of […]

Great Night at Face and Nails

Great Night at Face and Nails

The Real Food for Beginners introductory class was a fun experience. Everyone was introduced to Binge Cooking and how it takes the stress out of weeknight nutritional cooking. We spent a lot of time on the importance of having a good Survival Plan and with […]

Real Food for Beginners

Real Food for Beginners

AngelaThursday October 9th – Don’t miss Real Food for Beginners. Face and Nails, 504 Westwood Office Park, Fredericksburg Virginia. Temple Fuel’s Angela Lewis, aka The Binge Cook, will present an introductory class that will help you transition from a S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) to a Nutrient- Dense Real Food Diet. The Target audience is primarily a Beginner to Intermediate real food enthusiast however all levels will benefit.

Educational nutritional classes are a great way to advance your understanding of food and natural health. Contact Angela at Temple Fuel about booking nutrition and natural health seminars for individuals or groups.

templefuelnutrition.com or email Angela at templfuel@msn.com

Nutritional Food is Not “Fast Food”

Nutritional Food is Not “Fast Food”

Good nutrition requires commitment. Planning makes it possible to feed your family well. Menu Planning is your survival guide for the week ahead. Proper planning helps control ingredients. Controlling ingredients is crucial to feeding your family a properly prepared nutrient dense whole food diet. Binge […]


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Nutritional Food is Not “Fast Food”

Nutritional Food is Not “Fast Food”

Good nutrition requires commitment. Planning makes it possible to feed your family well.

Menu Planning is your survival guide for the week ahead. Proper planning helps control ingredients. Controlling ingredients is crucial to feeding your family a properly prepared nutrient dense whole food diet.

Binge cooking is one method to insure meals are readily available for your families hectic schedule. Shopping at your local farmers market insures the freshest preservative free ingredients.